BATMAN: ANIMATED (DC COLLECTIBLES)
Before their demise, DC Collectibles had quite a run with their Batman: Animated line, dedicated to specifically the Batman side of the DCAU. The stuff was mostly based purely on Batman: The Animated Series and The New Adventures of Batman, but towards the end of things, they tried expanding their reach a little bit more. Keeping things within the Bat-family, there was one single boxed set based on Batman Beyond. I’m gonna let you know upfront, I’m not doing the whole set. But I do have the BB, so, you know, there’s that!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Batman Beyond is one-third of the “Batman Beyond” three-pack from DCC’s Batman: Animated line, which was released in early 2017. The figure stands about 5 3/4 inches tall and he has 24 points of articulation. The articulation schemes for these figures were always spotty, up until the last assortment, and BB is more of that. He’s not terrible. The head and the ankles do okay on the range of motion, but the elbows and knees are, on the flip side, kind of restricted. He also has the issue of no lateral movement below the hips, which plagued so many of the line’s figures. The ankles do at least work out a bit better in conjunction with everything, so he’s not quite as pigeon-toed. The quality of the sculpt is at least pretty good. Honestly, this is probably the closest to an animation-accurate Batman Beyond we’ve ever gotten. Yeah, that was the aim of the line, but they also tended to miss the mark, so them getting it so close here was definitely an accomplishment. BB’s paint work is pretty basic, but it’s checks all the right boxes. The colors match the cartoon, and the application is actually pretty clean. It’s again a pretty nice change of pace, given how fuzzy the work on other figures in the line tended to be. BB was packed with four sets of hands (in fists, gripping, and two different styles of open gesture), a removable set of wings, two batarangs, and a display stand. My figure is without the batarangs and stand, but he’s got everything else. The wings being removable is nice, since, you know, not everybody does that. I’m not super keen on the way they get broken up by the joints, but I suppose it’s kind of a catch-22. It could be worse, though, and when posed properly, they honestly look better than I’d expected.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
While I kept up with this line pretty closely when it first launched, by the time this set came along, I had kind of gotten burned out. With just about everything eventually going on serious mark down, I opted to hold out on this one. Unfortunately, it wound up being short-printed, since just about everyone else was seemingly burning out around the same time. It wound up picking up quite a hefty price on the aftermarket, and that was all she wrote. Well, until a Batman Beyond got traded into All Time all by himself. I’m still looking for the best possible version of the character, and, honestly, this one’s better than I’d expected.
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